Another Little Piece
by Kate Karyus Quinn
Original Publishing Date: June 11, 2013
Length: 419 pages
Obtained Via: Purchased
Format Read In: E-book
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On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
Another Little Piece is everything I THOUGHT I didn’t like in books, and yet, somehow, I managed to like this one. And not even like this one–I really liked this one, and I was on the edge of my seat and enthralled the entire time. I read this book over Halloween, and let me tell you, this book fit the whole mood and idea of Halloween SO well.
This book is very straight horror and is not for everyone. I’m surprised it was for me. It is completely bloody and has more gore than I’m typically comfortable with. I will admit I skimmed some of the harsher and more graphic scenes because there are some things I just can’t take, but none of them made me want to put the book down because I was too curious about the mystery of Annalise.
This book is not a book filled with easy answers. It keeps the reader in the dark for much of the time, though never too long to the point where I felt annoyed by lack of information. The girl in Annalise’s body is not Annalise–that’s all we know from the beginning, and the readers travel with Annalise–or rather, the person who is currently living Annalise’s life–and as she tries to decipher everything, so do we.
The writing and story is sparse, here, but for Another Little Piece, it works. And the title is very fitting as well. The entire story, I was so intrigued by Annalise’s life. And if you’re reading this and thinking I’m not saying much, you’re right. This is a short review simply because I cannot talk about the plot or most of the characters without giving the story away, and it’s one of those books you really have to read for yourself.
As I mentioned, though, as much as I liked this book, it is NOT for everyone. I say that often, but it is true of this book in particular. It is bloody. It is gory. It is horrifying and shiver-inducing at times. It’s written in a way that makes you more confused right before you get new information. I know many of the bloggers I follow did not like this one at all, for understandable reasons. Personally, however, I was drawn in right away and never really wanted to emerge from the world of the book until I had my answers.
Final Impression: If you’re looking for a good horror YA novel, I highly recommend Another Little Piece. Perhaps not for everyone(there’s a LOT of blood and body parts, let’s be upfront about that), but if you’re the type of reader who doesn’t mind going down a VERY windy road before reaching the conclusion of a heart-stopping story, Another Little Piece is for you.